U.S. calls on the Kremlin to end crackdown on press freedom

By  Leigh Hartman Russian authorities raided student magazine Doxa on April 14, arresting four editors and ransacking their homes. The students’ alleged crime? Reporting on university administrators’ attempts to intimidate students protesting in support of imprisoned Russian opposition leader Aleksey Navalny. The students’ arrest is the latest in the Kremlin’s ongoing crackdown on free and independent media ...
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Russia’s Intention To Restrict Navigation in Parts of the Black Sea

The United States expresses its deep concern over Russia’s plans to block foreign naval ships and state vessels in parts of the Black Sea, including near occupied Crimea and the Kerch Strait. Russia has a history of taking aggressive actions against Ukrainian vessels and impeding access to Ukraine’s ports in the Sea of Azov, impacting ...
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Holding Russia To Account

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, we announced actions to hold the Russian Government to account for the SolarWinds intrusion, reports of bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, and attempts to interfere in the 2020 U.S. elections. We have engaged Russian authorities to share our concerns about their actions and the steps we are ...
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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on the Situation Along Ukraine’s Borders

The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union. Begin Text: We, the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United ...
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Joint Statement on Extended “Troika” on Peaceful Settlement in Afghanistan

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Russia, China, and Pakistan on the occasion of the Extended “Troika” on Peaceful Settlement in Afghanistan. Begin Text: On March 18, 2021, Moscow hosted a regular meeting of the extended “Troika” comprising representatives of ...
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Imposing Sanctions on Russia for the Poisoning and Imprisonment of Aleksey Navalny

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States joins the European Union in condemning and responding to the Russian Federation’s use of a chemical weapon in the attempted assassination of Russian opposition figure Aleksey Navalny in August 2020 and his subsequent imprisonment in January 2021.  We share the EU’s concerns regarding Russia’s deepening authoritarianism and ...
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U.S. Sanctions and Other Measures Imposed on Russia in Response to Russia’s Use of Chemical Weapons

CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS ACT SANCTIONS Today, the Secretary of State determined that the Government of the Russian Federation has used a chemical weapon against its own nationals, in violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.  As a result, the following sanctions will be imposed (full or partial waivers are noted below) after the 15-day Congressional ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov today. Secretary Blinken and Minister Lavrov discussed the New START extension and the need for new arms control that addresses all of Russia’s nuclear weapons and the growing threat from China. The Secretary reiterated ...
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On the Extension of the New START Treaty with the Russian Federation

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE President Biden pledged to keep the American people safe from nuclear threats by restoring U.S. leadership on arms control and nonproliferation. Today, the United States took the first step toward making good on that pledge when it extended the  New START Treaty  with the Russian Federation for five years. Extending the New START Treaty ensures we have verifiable ...
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The Sentencing of Russian Opposition Figure Aleksey Navalny

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is deeply concerned by Russian authorities’ decision to sentence opposition figure Aleksey Navalny to two years and eight months imprisonment, replacing his suspended sentence with jail time. Like every Russian citizen, Mr. Navalny is entitled to the rights provided in the Russian constitution, and Russia has international obligations to respect equality before the ...
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Sanctions on Russian Entity and a Vessel Engaging in the Construction of Nord Stream 2

Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on the Russia-based entity KVT-RUS and identifying the vessel FORTUNA as blocked property.  KVT-RUS is being sanctioned pursuant to Section 232 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) for knowingly selling, leasing, or providing to the Russian Federation goods, services, technology, information, or support for the construction of Russian ...
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Arrest of Aleksey Navalny

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States strongly condemns Russia’s decision to arrest Aleksey Navalny. We note with grave concern that his detention is the latest in a series of attempts to silence Navalny and other opposition figures and independent voices who are critical of Russian authorities. Confident political leaders do not fear ...
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Sanctioning Russia-linked Disinformation Network for its Involvement in Attempts to Influence U.S. Election

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on seven individuals and four entities that are part of a Russia-linked foreign influence network associated with Andrii Derkach, who was designated on September 10, 2020, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13848 for his attempt to influence the 2020 U.S. Presidential election.  Derkach, ...
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Russian Influence in the Mediterranean

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Earlier this month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in comments at the MED Dialogue, accused the United States of playing political games in the Mediterranean and stalling the appointment of a new UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Libya.  It’s unfortunate and unhelpful that Mr. Lavrov again gets the facts ...
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GEC Special Report: Russia’s Pillars of Disinformation and Propaganda

DOWNLOAD THE REPORT (PDF)  (11.3 MB) The Department’s Global Engagement Center (GEC) is leading and coordinating efforts of the U.S. Federal Government to recognize, understand, expose, and counter foreign propaganda and disinformation. In line with its congressional mandate, the GEC is releasing a special report that provides an overview of Russia’s disinformation and propaganda ecosystem. The report outlines the ...
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Briefing With Special Envoy Lea Gabrielle On the GEC Special Report: Pillars of Russia’s Disinformation and Propaganda Ecosystem

SPECIAL BRIEFING LEA GABRIELLE, SPECIAL ENVOY AND COORDINATOR OF THE GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT CENTER GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT CENTER VIA TELECONFERENCE MR BROWN: Hey, yeah, Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown here. Good afternoon, everyone, and thank you for joining us for an on-the-record briefing by U.S. Special Envoy for the Global Engagement Center Lea Gabrielle. She joins us ...
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Public Designation of Russian National Ramzan Kadyrov Due to Involvement in Gross Violations of Human Rights (July 20)

Public Designation of Russian National Ramzan Kadyrov Due to Involvement in Gross Violations of Human Rights (July 20) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the Department of State is publicly designating Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation, under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2020.  This designation ...
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The Conviction of U.S. Citizen Paul Whelan in Russia (June 15)

The Conviction of U.S. Citizen Paul Whelan in Russia (June 15)   The United States is outraged by the decision of a Russian court today to convict U.S. citizen Paul Whelan after a secret trial, with secret evidence, and without appropriate allowances for defense witnesses. We have serious concerns that Mr. Whelan was deprived of ...
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Briefing With Special Envoy Lea Gabrielle, Global Engagement Center Update on PRC Efforts to Push Disinformation and Propaganda around COVID (May 8)

Briefing With Special Envoy Lea Gabrielle, Global Engagement Center Update on PRC Efforts to Push Disinformation and Propaganda around COVID (May 8)   MS ORTAGUS:  Thank you very much.  Good morning, everyone.  Thank you for joining us early on this on-the-record briefing, which is embargoed, please, until the end of the call.  This is an update ...
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This Week in Iran Policy (May 8)

This Week in Iran Policy (May 8)   “They’re telling the world that they’re broke and they need relief from American sanctions, they need humanitarian assistance.  But we’ve offered humanitarian assistance, and the ayatollah and the kleptocrats, the theocrats that lead the Iranian regime today are still out spending money on things that don’t benefit ...
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United States Designates Russian Imperial Movement and Leaders as Global Terrorists (April 7)

The United States Designates Russian Imperial Movement and Leaders as Global Terrorists (April 7)   The State Department has designated the Russian Imperial Movement (RIM) and members of its leadership as Specially Designated Global Terrorists, the first time in history the Department has designated a white supremacist terrorist group. As President Trump has said, “In one ...
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Briefing With Coordinator for Counterterrorism Amb. Sales On the U.S. Designation of Russian Imperial Movement And its Leaders as Global Terrorists

Briefing With Coordinator for Counterterrorism Ambassador Nathan A. Sales On the United States Designation of the Russian Imperial Movement And its Leaders as Global Terrorists (April 6)   MS ORTAGUS:  Good morning, and thanks for joining this briefing.  Today, the State Department has announced the designation of Russian Imperial Movement, or RIM, and members of ...
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New Sanctions under the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA) (February 25)

New Sanctions under the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA) (February 25) PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is sanctioning 13 foreign entities and individuals in China, Iraq, Russia, and Turkey pursuant to the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA).  This action includes new sanctions against five entities/individuals in China (Luo Dingwen, ...
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Charge d’affaires Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the 4th of July Reception (July 3)

Charge d’affaires Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the 4th of July Reception   Q-n: about the 4th of July Reception Charge d’affaires Elizabeth Rood: It is a great pleasure to celebrate tonight the 243rd anniversary of the independence of the United States of America, and it is a special honor and pleasure to celebrate ...
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The U.S. Embassy Statement on de facto “elections” in Georgia’s South Ossetia Region (June 10)

The U.S. Embassy Statement on de facto “elections” in Georgia’s South Ossetia Region The United States does not recognize the legitimacy of the so-called parliamentary elections held in Georgia’s South Ossetia region on June 9, and will not acknowledge their outcome. Our position on Abkhazia and South Ossetia remains clear: these regions are integral parts ...
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FACT SHEET: Actions in Response to Russian Malicious Cyber Activity and Harassment (December 29)

FACT SHEET: Actions in Response to Russian Malicious Cyber Activity and Harassment (December 29)   Today, President Obama authorized a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election in 2016.  Russia’s cyber activities were intended to influence the election, erode faith ...
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